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And she’s back!

I took a bit more of a hiatus than I planned to but it was needed.  But here I sit this rainy, RAINY morning planning another Christmas shopping trip, attending Sam’s school Christmas play where he is a snowman <3 and future blog posts.  And happy news about MORE giveaways here at!  I will be giving away not one but TWO beautiful new Gooseberry Patch Books this month and posting some lovely recipes and reviews for you.  My review of  101 Soup, Salad and Sandwich Recipes. And as usual having trouble paring down my list of recipes to review!  But you may look forward to at least two delicious recipes by Friday of this week.  And Sunday a drawing for a copy of :

m668csYAY!!! The first recipe I review will be a soup recipe – and if this isn’t soup weather, I don’t know what is!!!

So you know the drill by now on how to enter this Early Bird Review and Giveaway:  All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of each post pertaining to this giveaway and Early Bird Review and consider yourself entered.  I will be posting at least  4 amazing recipes from this book over the next couple weeks and then on Monday December 12,  I will draw a name from the trusty mason jar and announce the winner.  You have at a couple chances to get your name in the drawing!  And of course it would be nice of you to tell your friends if you have facebook or a blog of your  own.

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Alrighty, I wonder what all of you have been up to!? I have been busy as usual but thought I would share a few photos with you. See you Wednesday with recipes and review!  So please come back.  And thanks for your time.  It’s good to be back to sharing with you all!








There you go.  Just a few things I have been up to.  More later.  Let me put on my hip waders and go shopping!  See you soon and we will cook up a little something from Gooseberry Patch!  Happy HAPPY Monday and I really and truly am happy to be back to blogging.  I have a lot to catch you up on so I hope you will stop by again!


Autumn Respite

I am going to be taking a little Autumn respite.  I have found myself overwhelmed as of late.  And hence the lack of posting.  Blogging is way, way down on my list of things to do.   And as the next three weeks whiz by while am trying to get things tidied up,  cleaned up, caught up and a little fall garden planted, I will excuse myself and do it without worrying about not blogging.  I do think I will find time in the evenings but sadly I don’t.  And blogging should never be a chore or dreadful.  And unless you are getting paid it should never seem like a job.   I have many preparations before Jerry and I leave for our Vermont vacation.  For now I can simply remove “Write a Blog Post” from the list without feeling as though I at least need to write an apology for not writing a post :)

I hope you all are looking as forward to Autumn and Winter as much as I am.  And I hope the cooler temperatures arrive soon.

With warmest regards,



Cooking up Some Fun with Your Preschooler

I am happy to have a guest blogger for you today!  Meet Emily Patterson.  She has written a great piece for you on cooking with your preschooler.

Bubbling pots, sizzling skillets and delicious smells can make the kitchen a fascinating – yet dangerous – place for young children. However, the potential hazards don’t have to keep children out of the kitchen. Dr. Mary Zurn, vice president of education for Primrose Preschools, says kitchen time can be a great way for families to regain some lost, but valuable, family time.

With the kitchen being a popular place for families to gather, it can easily become a place that encourages learning and sharing as well.  You can also help to develop a sense of responsibility in the kitchen by letting them participate in daily tasks and at the same time freshen up their math skills and teach them the importance of making healthy choices in the kitchen.

Parents can keep the kitchen safe and fun for children by following this simple recipe:

1.       Engage your child meaningfully. Think about what tasks your child can do independently. Completing simple jobs like mixing batter, rolling dough and measuring water can boost a child’s sense of pride and accomplishment. Tearing lettuce, adding sprinkles to sweets and shaking parmesan onto pasta are other safe, satisfying tasks children can easily accomplish. Even very young children can get involved – give them some pots, pans and wooden spoons so they can pretend to cook with you or use them for music-making. Safe and easy independent tasks like this give them a way to feel like they’re helping too.

2.       Set some ground rules. Children need supervision when they’re in the kitchen, so establish a list of basic safety rules and make sure children are always within sight. Teach children to wash their hands before and after handling food to avoid spreading germs. Discuss on a regular basis what’s safe to touch and what’s not.  Make sure the handles of pots and pans are turned inward on the stovetop so you and older children don’t accidentally bump them and spill hot liquids or food.

3.       Build up skills step-by-step. Children can develop many essential skills in the kitchen, such as following recipes or counting slices of bread. For more advanced skills, start slowly and have your child master easy tasks before attempting harder ones. Teach older children to use a knife by starting them off with cutting soft items like cheese and cooked noodles with a dull spreader. As your child’s coordination develops, they can move on to slicing or sawing vegetables and fruit with a plastic knife.

4.       Keep it fun. Cooking can be messy even without children, so don’t stress over the “oops” moments. If the cookie batter ends up on the floor instead of the baking sheet, offer some guidance and let your child try again. You can make cleaning it up fun too!

When your meal is complete, be sure to compliment your sous chef on a job well done. Offer them the first taste of whatever you cooked together and ask them what you should make next time. Bon appétit!

Submitted by Emily Patterson on behalf of Primrose Schools. For over 25 years, they have helped individuals achieve higher levels of success by providing them with an AdvancED® accredited, early preschool services and education.  Through an accelerated Balanced Learning® curriculum, Primrose Schools students are exposed to a widely diverse range of subject matter giving them a much greater opportunity to develop mentally, physically and socially. Emily has written a number of articles on topics varying from bilingual learning to teaching the importance of volunteering.

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